Plantar fasciitis is the number one reason that doctors see patients experiencing heel pain.
Michael J. Petrocelli, D.P.M., F.A.C.A.S., C.W.S.P.
So what is plantar fasciitis? It is strained ligaments in the arch of your foot that connects to your heel. These ligaments may have tiny tears or ruptures that cause a great deal of excruciating pain for many patients.
This type of heel pain usually affects the aging population, but also may affect younger individuals that are athletic or are on their feet for long periods of time. Other causes of the disorder are having flat feet or high arches, being overweight, or muscular connective tissue related diseases.
A podiatrist will evaluate your symptoms and pain level, and from there create an individualized plan for therapy, medications, wraps, or braces. They will provide you with the best solution for your needs.
At Collier Podiatry, Dr. Michael Petrocelli has been practicing podiatric medicine for well over 20 years. He is an expert in his field and a leader to his peers, he and his staff see a countless number of patients with heel pain and injuries in the Naples area.
Although there are many options when treating patient’s distinct needs, the two most beneficial forms of treatment for heel pain are Deep Tissue Laser Therapy and Stabilization.
Deep tissue laser therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation, which penetrates deep into the muscles tissues using photon energy. This therapy increases cellular metabolism, while decreasing inflammation and pain.
Collier podiatry sees great results in their patient’s foot health with this treatment option. The best part is that there are no side effects, no harmful medications and more importantly, long lasting results.
The second of the two mentioned treatment options is Stabilization. This option is achieved through a device such as a brace or foot support, which technically is ankle-foot-orthoses or AFO.
There are many medical supply options that your podiatrists can prescribe, such as ankle braces, high top orthotic shoes, lace up supports and shoes made with a medial-lateral supportive base. There is, of course, a more permanent stabilization option, which includes surgery of the foot and ankle, but not all patients need this. At times we may use cortisone injections in conjunction with laser therapy to speed up the process of heeling. It’s important to be evaluated by an experienced podiatric professional if you’re experiencing any type of foot pain.
Along with these treatment options, Collier Podiatry will provide you with personalized instructions on the necessary amount of rest, stretching exercises and home care to get you back to doing what you love.
The caring supportive staff at Collier Podiatry is available to answer your questions and make your appointment. Please visit their website at www.collierpodiatry.com, or call them at (239) 775-0019.